This weekend’s Rally Finland is the highlight of the FIA World Rally Championship calendar as cars spend as much time in the air as they do on the high-speed forest roads.
It is also one of the events Craig Breen is expected to excel on by his legion of fans and the man who is responsible for signing off his pay cheque.
Although Breen is not keen on being labelled the lead driver, to all intents and purposes that is exactly what the 32-year-old from Waterford is.
“Craig has a lot of experience here, so I think he is in a good position to lead the team to a good overall result,” is the frank view of Team Principal Richard Millener.
Breen, who is currently sixth in the standings on 60 points, added: “Estonia was good in some respects; our pace was strong and I’m looking forward to having a fresh go at it in Finland and seeing what we can do.
“Finland is a place that has served me well in the past as we have had two podiums there.
“I really enjoyed the event last year — we had a really good run and we led the rally briefly at the beginning.
“I always feel good on this event and on these types of roads. It’s probably the event I have done most in the World Rally Championship, so it’s nice to go back every year and see what we can do.”